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Did you hear?

After receiving their Grammy, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith shouted: “You kids need to start some rock bands.  We need more rock bands!” “You kids” includes black boys and girls.  Let's as...
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Testing the Waters

An article in today’s LA Times explores how the production team behind the soundtrack to Dreamgirls had to ensure that the music appealed to young fans while not alienating longtime fans of the musical.  C...
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Barack Obama is Black rock

The system break man, child, and women into figuresTwo columns for who is, and who ain't niggaz                --Mos Def, “Mathematics” from Black on Both Si...
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What is Black rock?

I’ll start by saying that it’s more than simply rock played by black people, though that’s part of it.  Referencing Living Colour gets people in the zone, but doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story. As ...
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Can Black Rock Save Black Culture?

I originally posted the following on MarketingPopCulture.com in October, 2006.  Comments have not been brought over. .flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text...
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Start

The first question is, as ever, the most important: What am I doing here? I’m here because I have a long history in what can be called “alternative Black music.”  Since my days as PR guy for Kelvyn Bell a...